Posts

The Suite Life: Best Luxury Hotel Suites

waldorf astoria presidential penthouse

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Presidential Penthouse Suite – Best Luxury Hotel Suites

 

Experience the Best Luxury Hotel Suites

When booking a hotel for business or pleasure, comfort becomes a top priority in order to get the most out of your home away from home. Hotels in major cities across the country offer unparalleled luxury suites that allow guests to live like royalty. With spacious rooms, extravagant décor, and breathtaking views, these are the best luxury hotel suites create the perfect escape into a world of lavish relaxation.




Los Angeles

The Waldorf Astoria sits in the heart of Beverly Hills with easy access to shopping, theaters, and fine dining. Their impressive design and impeccable service draws in guests from all over the world to live the lifestyle of the highly acclaimed brand. Their Presidential Penthouse Suite offers some of the best views of the city, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the signature California sunshine. With a mini-gym, home theater, private terrace, and fully-stocked kitchen, everything you need will be right at your fingertips as you live amongst the clouds.

Stay at the largest penthouse suite in Los Angeles when you book The Penthouse at The London West Hollywood. With 11,000 square feet of space, this impressive suite was styled by renowned designer Vivienne Westwood. A chic, neutral palette of modern accents creates a sophisticated labyrinth of luxury living space. You’ll have no problem entertaining a group thanks to the 5,000 square foot private rooftop deck complete with a kitchen, fireplace and 360-degree view of Los Angeles.




San Francisco

For a stay in the Bay, the Fairmont Hotel is world-renowned for exuding luxury. Its centrally located neighborhood makes getting around the city a breeze, as it’s the only place in San Francisco where each of the cable car lines meet. The historical three-bedroom Presidential Suite was designed in the 1920s and has been restored to an opulent, 6,000 square foot living space. A billiard room, dining room that seats 60 guests, and a library with a secret passageway are just some of the many perks to booking a stay in this glamourous suite.

San Francisco’s Proper Hotel is also worth booking with a stylish design that sets it apart from its more business-oriented counterparts. Their Premier Suite is filled with eye-catching textures and patterns along with fashionable modern furnishings. The apartment-style suite will make you feel right at home with a spacious living area and luxury bathroom amenities. You’ll also be in the center of the action with rooftop bar Charmaine’s perched at the top of this chic luxury hotel.




Chicago

The Windy City will never feel the same after staying in the Ritz-Carlton’s Presidential Suite in Downtown Chicago. The two-story space features a spiral staircase, media room, and a baby grand piano for their more musical guests to enjoy. Wake up to a view of Navy Pier and get ready for your day in one of the suite’s three marble bathrooms. Lounge on the modern, luxurious decor as you watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

The loft-style Penthouse Suite at The Thompson Hotel will also whisk you away into extravagance with their chic, modern accommodations. Views of either the lake or the city mean you’ll have a stunning backdrop no matter where you look. A pool table and soaking tub are just a few of the perks you can expect when you book this suite in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood.

New York City

In a city with a sky-high cost of living, hotel suites are especially extravagant for those wishing to live in luxury. The Mark Hotel boasts one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with its two-story, 12,000 square foot Penthouse Suite. Cozy up by one of the four fireplaces and enjoy the decor designed by master architect Jacques Grange. With five bedrooms and a breathtaking view of Central Park, this opulent space is fit to make any guest swoon.

The Four Seasons New York offers an unforgettable luxury experience, with their Ty Warner Penthouse also being one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, along with being the highest in the city. The elegantly-crafted design is filled with antiques and artwork, as well as furnishings made from fabrics imported from all over the world. The four separate glass balconies are sure to impress as you look out onto unobstructed panoramic views of New York City.

Miami

Take a trip to the perfect city for a beachside escape and fall in love with The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. There’s nothing but glamour in the Penthouse Suite, which overlooks the sparkling, Atlantic shoreline. The art-deco style, designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, embraces animal prints, velvet, and gold details to bring an eccentric feel to the extravagant space. With four bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, media room and an elevator, guests can explore the grand layout with an oceanfront view.

Book the Sorrento Penthouse at Fontainebleau Miami Beach for a vacation you’ll never want to leave. The crisp, clean styling is the perfect setting for taking in the ocean breeze with almost 10,000 square feet of space for you and your guests to make yourselves at home. Five bedrooms, a private pool and jacuzzi mean that your entire group will get to enjoy the good life among stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Las Vegas

With a reputation for lavish nightlife and hotels, Las Vegas is the place to go for a luxurious getaway. Booking a stay at the Nobu Villa will have you living large. The three-bedroom, rooftop suite has a serene, Japanese design perfect for rest and relaxation. Outdoor entertainment will be a breeze with the sky deck offering a full bar, barbecue pit, and Zen Garden. Your private view of the strip will be one-of-a-kind as you enjoy a lavish stay on the 83rd floor.

You can also indulge in a lavish stay when you book the Penthouse Suite at The Bellagio. The vibrant interior overlooks The Bellagio’s iconic fountain displaying a continuous water show throughout your stay.  His and hers bathrooms are perfect for pampering, offering spa-like features like a steam shower and spa jet bath. The living space comes complete with a wet bar for you and your guests to toast drinks before a night on the town.

Dubai

Dubai is well-known for extravagant living which means luxury hotels in the area reach beyond the ordinary. The largest hotel suite in Dubai can be found at The Waldorf Astoria. Their palatial Royal Suite spans almost 17,000 square feet, taking up the full top floor of this luxury hotel. Take in beautiful views of the skyline from the private terrace or lounge in the indoor living space with butler service for a lavish experience.

The Four Seasons Jumeirah has its own Royal Suite where you’ll be pampered by marble floors, stoic columns and a baby grand piano for an added touch. This impressive, fifth-floor suite brings an airy ambiance to an expansive living space. The master bedroom overlooks stunning views of the gulf from two separate balconies, and guests can also take in the view from the furnished terrace.

London

No discussion of luxury suites would be complete without The Rosewood London’s Manor House Wing, the only suite in the world to have its own dedicated postcode. Enter through a private entrance to experience this seven-bedroom habitat filled with sophisticated furnishings in an expansive layout. This elegant destination allows guests to reside in comfort with a lounge, library and soaking tub all contributing to an unprecedented luxury experience.

With just the right amount of glitz and glamour, the Shangri-La Suite at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard will whisk you away into a world of refined prestige. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a breathtaking view of the London skyline from the 39th floor, while the spacious interior makes this luxury suite the perfect site for entertaining. Marble accents, a private elevator and dedicated butler service all allow you to indulge during your world-class London stay.

Sign up for our Newsletter


    For information on hotel accommodations and pricing, contact concierge@zochagroup.com or inquire in the chat box below




     

    Where to Watch the Fireworks this Fourth of July

    Photo: Zocha Group – Where to Watch the Fireworks this Fourth of July

     

    Where to Watch Fireworks

    Whether you were born in the USA or just visiting for the summer, the Fourth of July is an essential holiday to celebrate across the country. From barbecues to pool parties, the day’s festivities involve merrymaking with friends and family and most importantly, ending the night watching a sky full of fireworks. This popular travel day has a variety of ideal destinations with each offering the perfect view of the sparkling night sky. Take your Independence Day trip to new heights with these great places to watch the fireworks this 4th of July summer night.




    New York City

    The East River is the source of NYC’s biggest show known as the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear view of the river, you’ll get the full experience with an accompanying music score to put you in the patriotic mood. Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn have the best view with barges also giving Midtown and South Street Seaport a good sightline. Hotels like 1Hotel, The Bowery, The Freehand or The Nomad make for great vantage points, or make the trek to the river to see the 45-minute event up close.




    Los Angeles

    With the sprawling city offering up a range of events from Marina del Rey to Pasadena, you’ll be sure to find an impressive display no matter your neighborhood of choice. The Hollywood Bowl hosts an annual Fourth of July party with The Go-Go’s being this year’s artist to perform during the celebration. Dodger Stadium will be lit up even brighter than usual with an all-American game to round out your evening. One of the biggest LA events is the Rose Bowl’s Americafest which boasts rides, crafts and tailgating outside the stadium in preparation for the eye-catching show.




    San Diego

    San Diego makes for a great Fourth of July destination with its perfect weather and beachside locale. Their numerous shows of the night take place in Old Town, Ocean Beach, SeaWorld, and their most popular, the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show. The largest in the county, this fireworks display lights up the sky from multiple locations along the North Bay. Having four barges placed along the water means you’ll have no problem finding the perfect view with a stay at hotels like Omni, Hotel del Coronado, or Pendry San Diego.

    Chicago

    Any Chicago resident knows that Navy Pier is the place to go for a fireworks show during the summer. Their 4th of July Aon Summer Fireworks, presented by Miller Lite, is the biggest of the season with a dazzling display over the lake. This unofficial yet fully embraced Independence Day show allows locals and visitors head to Millennium Park to see the explosive festivities up close. For those searching for a rooftop view, bars like Streeterville Social, Apogee, Upstairs at The Gwen or Cindy’s offer up the perfect perspective for the spectacular event.

    Sign up for our Newsletter



      For information on hotel accommodations, dining reservations or sports tickets, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

       

      The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

      secret life of modern speakeasies

      Photo: Zocha Group – The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

       

      The Modern Speakeasy

      One of the hottest nightlife trends in recent years is the resurrection of the secretive speakeasy bar. Made popular during the 1920s prohibition era, hidden craft cocktail lounges are making a comeback all around the U.S. From New York to LA, these intriguing establishments channel the aesthetic of America’s historical 13-year dry spell with contemporary (and legal) takes on the drinking atmosphere. The lack of advertisement and a sign out front means you may need to be ‘in the know’ to know these destinations even exist. So what exactly is going on behind the doors of these modern, covert hot spots?




      bar with alcohol

      Photo: Zocha Group – The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

      Los Angeles Modern Speakeasies

      If you’ve spent time out on the town in Los Angeles, you may have heard some buzz about at least one bar under the Houston Hospitality umbrella. Each of their ten speakeasy locations boasts a whimsical theme allowing patrons to step into another place and time. A visit to No Vacancy will take you back to the roaring 20s in a vintage houseparty environment. La Descarga acts as an homage to Havana, Cuba, with impressive performances matching the detailed cultural décor, and an even more secretive cigar room.

      If the 80s is your preferred era, you can stop by the group’s most recent venture, Break Room 86. With a wall of retro TV sets, fully-functioning arcade games, and karaoke rooms hidden beyond secret doors, the speakeasy concept is brought into the 21st century with a touch of nostalgia. Each location is preceded by a mysterious and theatrical entrance that’s sure to make a lasting impression on your night out.




      Chicago Modern Speakeasies

      The Windy City is fully-stocked with exclusive underground hot spots for you to duck into during your visit. The Walk In boasts a unique cooler door entrance where a live DJ keeps the vibe flowing on weekend nights. Keep an eye out for Three Dots and a Dash, where you can find an upbeat Tiki bar at the end of an alley. With strong tropical drinks and servers adorned in Hawaiian dresses, you’ll completely forget you’re in the middle of Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

      You can also head to the nearby Blind Barber, known for its barbershop storefront, to party all night in the secretive lounge hidden away by an unmarked door. For a truly exclusive experience, you can head to Room 13, a members-only speakeasy located beneath The Old Chicago Inn. Complete with an ever-changing password and strict dress code, a membership grants you live jazz music to go along with the 1920s-style craft cocktails.




      Phoenix Modern Speakeasies

      If your travels lead you to Phoenix, you’ll have a number of hidden watering holes to choose from—if you can find them. To get to Honor Amongst Thieves you’ll have to head up a back staircase where a door with a peephole awaits. Knowledgeable bartenders help you choose your evening spirit with guests enjoying the seductive velvet seating. Just outside of Phoenix, you can visit Kazimierz World Wine Bar in downtown Scottsdale.

      To get a taste of one of the over 1,800 selections from their wine list, your only clue to the entrance is to look out for a sign with the prophetic message, “The Truth Is Inside.”  For a bit of exclusivity, you can head to Phoenix’s former red light district and journey into the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to find Melinda’s Alley. With a maximum capacity of only 45 guests, this cash-only tavern will have you feeling like a lawless VIP in the middle of prohibition.

      New York City Modern Speakeasies

      New York State, once home to 100,000 of the nation’s speakeasies during the 1920s, has brought the trend full-circle in the 21st century. Tucked behind a coffee shop’s storefront, Bathtub Gin is easy to miss but worth the find to taste the elaborate, Victorian cocktails or take a photo in the copper bathtub decor piece. You’ll receive a dash of insight with your cocktail at Employees Only, a West Village hot spot with a glowing “Psychic” sign out front hinting at its presence.The house psychic will forecast your future as the eclectic food and drink menu keep you satisfied ‘til dawn.

      To live out a truly authentic night, you can visit former prohibition-operated speakeasy the Back Room. Don’t let the “Lower East Side Toy Company” sign distract you, this bar hides beyond a gate and down a flight of stairs—the original entrance used by law-breaking patrons almost 100 years ago.

      Experience a Modern Speakeasy

      As this vintage form of nightlife finds a resurgence in the coming years, there are sure to be more unique speakeasy locales showing up on your city’s radar. The concept has even garnered an international appeal with new American-style hideaways popping up in Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam.

      Whether you’re looking for a seductive night-cap, a unique craft drink, or an energetic dance floor, the endless possibilities for creativity allow the speakeasy concept to thrive. So keep your eyes and ears open the next time you pass by what seems to be a simple barber shop, storage room, or furniture store, because it might just be the doorway to your next favorite hot spot.

      Sign up for our Newsletter


        Contact concierge@zochagroup.com to arrange your next Speakeasy experience or inquire in the chat box below.




        Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

        best music festivals in the us

        Photo: Zocha Group – Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

         

        Best Music Festivals in the US

        As the weather rises for the start of spring, music lovers across the nation begin making plans to attend the best events of the year. The best music festivals in the US draws in thousands of concertgoers looking to see all their favorite artists take the stage for unforgettable performances. With sunshine and talented artists fueling the crowd’s energy, each festival has its own style with something unique to offer its patrons.




        Photo: Zocha Group – Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

        SXSW: March 13th – 20th

        Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

        This Austin event doesn’t limit itself to just music—it includes a mix of performances, film screenings, panels, and new media exhibitions that attract thousands of attendees each year. The conference showcases professionals in a variety of industries that come to share their expertise in their field, while the individual festivals feature talented artists in numerous of genres. From comedy to gaming, SXSW has got it all covered and makes for an entertaining kick off to spring.




        Ultra: March 20th – 22nd

        Note: This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 4th, 2020. Miami leaders and Ultra representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

        Opening its doors right in the middle of Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival showcases some of the hottest acts in the electronic music scene. DJs from all over the world turn Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into one big dance party with lively shows under the sun. This year’s event will include exclusive performances to make any EDM lover want to join in on the excitement. With thousands already in town for the events of the week, Ultra draws in audiences ready to live it up by taking in the sights and sounds of their favorite dance music performers.




        Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: April 10th – 19th

        Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

        One of the most popular events in California, Coachella has cemented itself as a staple in the music festival scene as attendees are drawn to the desert each year for music, art, food, and the experience of a lifetime. From independent up-and-comers to established Grammy winners, the quality lineup of artists makes tickets sell out almost a year in advance. Along with the festival, the events and parties surrounding Coachella help create an enjoyable escape into all that’s hot in the music world.

        Rolling Loud: May 8th – 10th

        This once modest event has grown to become one of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world. The three-day event has been hosted in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami, along with expanding internationally to Portugal. Artists that are making waves in rap and hip hop take the stage to perform for audiences filled with up to 60,000 fans. The energetic festival brings together rap lovers from all over the country to experience the unique lineup of up and coming acts.

        EDC Las Vegas: May 15th – 17th

        Electronic music fans migrate to Vegas each year to experience one of the most established dance music raves in the country. EDM acts take the stage alongside impressive light shows and art installations, all in appreciation for the genre. Coupled with the timing of Memorial Day Weekend, this festival draws in plenty of attendees ready to enjoy Vegas by taking in the sights and sounds of some of the hottest DJs in the world.

        Bottlerock: May 20th-25th

        Kicking off summer during Memorial Day Weekend, Napa Valley’s Bottlerock offers “music, food, wine and brew” for its thousands of attendees each year. The lineup of well-known music acts take the stage to perform their hits while a culinary stage showcases star chefs in the industry. A variety of wine and beer brands supply a buzz to audiences as festivalgoers explore the lively, outdoor event.

        Bonnaroo: June 11th-14th

        You’ll enjoy the music and entertainment at Bonnaroo, a yearly festival taking place in Manchester, Tennessee. More than 150 musicians perform during the expansive four-day event, showcasing their talents to excited attendees who camp out and enjoy the range of activities. Art installations, yoga sessions and workshops keep the good vibes flowing throughout the earthy event.

        Lollapalooza: July 30th – August 2nd

        With almost 200 bands taking the stage each year, Lollapalooza brings the music industry’s finest to Chicago for an experience to remember. Well-known headliners and buzzed about newcomers perform for thousands with food and drinks from Chicago’s best restaurants keeping concertgoers energized. The Grant Park location also features pop-up bars, photo booths, a roller skating tent and art installations for attendees to indulge in creativity, along with family-friendly DIY activities for younger patrons. With a turnout of over 400,000 each year, Lollapalooza is a force to be reckoned with in the festival circuit.

        Outside Lands: August 7th – 9th

        Golden Gate Park is transformed into a weekend-long party as San Francisco music lovers enjoy the end of their summer by seeing their favorite acts live. From DJs to rock bands to rappers, you can catch a performance from some of the world’s best musicians in all types of genres. Attendees also get to experience a dose of SF’s creativity with their Cocktail Magic, Gastromagic, stand up comedy shows, live painting and delicious food truck fare to keep the fun flowing.

        Life is Beautiful: September 18th – 20th

        This festival focused on feel-good vibes takes over Downtown Las Vegas every year with live music, art exhibitions, panels, and delicious dining. Thousands of music lovers flock to the event for an impressive lineup of musicians, but also get to take in murals by skilled street artists, presentations from world-renowned speakers, and top of the line cuisine. A trip to Life is Beautiful can be the perfect way to close out festival season with a bang.

        Sign up for our Newsletter


          For information on tickets and travel accommodations for these events, please contact concierge@zochagroup.com or inquire in the chat box below.

           

          Serving up Culture at the Taste of Chicago Festival

          taste of chicago festival

          Photo: Zocha Group – Serving up Culture at the Taste of Chicago Festival

           

          Taste of Chicago

          Foodies from all over the world unite each year at the variety of Taste Festivals held in celebration of dining at some of the world’s most popular destinations. From Sydney to Hong Kong, these festivals highlight restaurants who serve up delicious bites that represent the best of their culture. Taste of Chicago is one of the largest in the world, and is set to dish out a good time for those attending the event this July.




          The History

          When traveling to a new city, getting a grasp on the local food and culture can involve weeks or even months worth of sampling the variety of local restaurants. At Taste Festivals, attendees can dig in by trying out the diversity of food options in one fun-filled week. The original Taste of London in 2004 helped ignite the now world-renowned Taste Festival series. Spreading to the rest of the UK and eventually to fifteen different cities worldwide, the Taste of Chicago event stands out as one of the favorites, and has grown to be the world’s largest food festival.




          Taste of Chicago

          The five-day event taking place in Grant Park from July 11th-15th boasts free admission for guests to indulge in Chicago favorites, specialty diverse dishes and creative plates from local chefs. Experts in the culinary field also host cooking demos to enlighten crowds about their tips and tricks of the trade. Attendees are welcome to try out each booth as they dish out unique flavors for crowds to enjoy. Drinks are also a highlight of the event with tents for Anheuser-Busch beer, signature drinks and wine to add a buzz to the excitement.




          Performances & Activities

          Taste of Chicago visitors are sure to be impressed by Lake Michigan’s picturesque scenery during the week of food and activities. The lakefront location makes for a pleasant skyline view to complement the warm July weather as attendees also get to experience Taste of Chicago’s many performances and exhibits. The Street Art & Graffiti Alley will feature artists producing live paintings. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will be dedicated to dance performances featuring acts by local companies. With music performers like The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Brandi Carlile, crowds are sure to jam out to this quintessential summertime event.

          Sign up for our Newsletter



            For information on accommodations in Chicago, please contact concierge@zochagroup.com or inquire in the chat box below.